Monday, March 8, 2010

NHL Recap 3-7-10: Detroit stuns Chicago; Iggy burns Wild

Five straight goals lift Wings over Hawks
It's taken Detroit much of the season to be in the top eight in the Western Conference. It took about six minutes to wrest control of its game against Chicago.

A five-goal second period, including four in a span of 6:15, erased a 2-0 deficit and Detroit hung on to defeat Chicago 5-4, preventing the Blackhawks from taking over the top spot in the West.

The Red Wings utilized a quick-strike offense to stun Chicago. Goals by Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Lidstrom 28 seconds apart tied the score at 2-2. Five minutes later, Jason Williams and Valtteri Filppula scored within 42 seconds of each other to stake the Red Wings to a 4-2 lead.

Detroit's surge stemmed from a disallowed Patrick Kane goal. Pavel Datsyuk's dagger of a goal in the final three seconds of the frame made it a 5-2 game. Andrew Ladd got Chicago back into it by recording his second and third goals of the game, but the Blackhawks were unable to equalize.

Duncan Keith also scored for Chicago. Cristobal Huet was pulled after giving up four goals. Jimmy Howard made 28 saves for Detroit, which sits at 74 points, one ahead of #9 Calgary.

Iginla's triple the difference in Flames' win over Wild
Speaking of Calgary, the Flames kept pace with Detroit after a 5-2 win over Minnesota, a loss that puts the Wild seven points back of Detroit.

Jarome Iginla and Rene Bourque each had four points, highlighted by Iginla's 10th career hat trick. Bourque opened the game's scoring 19 seconds in and tallied three assists. Mark Giordano had a goal and assist.

Guillaume Latendresse scored both Wild goals to get Minnesota back in the game, but two of Iginla's goals came in the third period to seal the win.

Matt Stajan posted two assists for Calgary, which got 27 saves from Vesa Toskala.

--Bob Luongo's 33 saves and a three-goal third period helped Vancouver to a 4-2 win over Nashville.
--Evgeni Malkin scored early in the third period to break a tie and Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves in Pittsburgh's 2-1 win over Boston. Tim Thomas made 31 saves in defeat.
--Michael Leighton's 27 saves were key in Philadelphia's 3-1 win over Toronto.

Working late
--Patrick Kaleta scored 2:22 into overtime and Buffalo defeated the Rangers, 2-1, in a game that looked headed for a double shutout after no goals until six minutes remained in regulation. Ryan Miller made 35 saves and Henrik Lundqvist had 30.
--Montreal scored twice in the final two minutes, including Andrei Markov's equalizer with 11 ticks to play, and Tomas Plekanec scored in round four of the shootout to give the Canadiens a 4-3 win over Anaheim. Brian Gionta scored in the bottom of round three to force the extra round. Both Gionta and Plekanec had goals in regulation. The Ducks led 3-0 at one point.

Walls in net
--Manny Legace stopped 27 shots, Jussi Jokinen had a goal and assist and Carolina blanked Atlanta, 4-0. The Hurricanes moved into 13th place, the first time they've been out of the bottom two in a long time.
--Jeff Deslauriers made 22 saves, Gilbert Brule and Marc Pouliot scored, and Edmonton knocked off New Jersey, 2-0.

Stat of the night
3-5-1 - New Jersey's record with Ilya Kovalchuk. The Devils have 23 goals in those nine games and just 10 in the six losses. Conversely, Atlanta is 4-3-2 since trading Kovalchuk, with 28 goals.

Quote of the night
"I don't think it was (poor) effort. We just looked like we were wearing snow shoes, and (Carolina) looked very fresh."
Thrashers coach John Anderson

Notable games
Monday, March 8 (2 games)
Not much of a selection, so might as well watch Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals (44-13-8) host Dallas (28-24-12), 7 p.m. ET, Versus.

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